Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (NYSE: EDN) and MGE Energy (NASDAQ:MGEE) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and MGE Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 0 2 0 0 2.00
MGE Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00

Dividends

MGE Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt does not pay a dividend. MGE Energy pays out 58.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has raised its dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and MGE Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt $888.56 million 2.68 -$80.47 million N/A N/A
MGE Energy $544.74 million 3.76 $75.56 million $2.20 26.82

MGE Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Profitability

This table compares Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and MGE Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 6.46% 192.95% 6.88%
MGE Energy 13.52% 10.31% 4.23%

Risk and Volatility

Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has a beta of 1.83, meaning that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MGE Energy has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.4% of Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.3% of MGE Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of MGE Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt Company Profile

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte S.A. is a public service company. The Company is engaged in electricity distribution in Argentina. It holds a concession to distribute electricity to the northwestern part of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area and in the northern part of the City of Buenos Aires. The Company’s concession area of approximately 4,637 square kilometers is divided into three operating territories: Region I, which consists of over 251 square kilometers; Region II, which consists of approximately 1,761 square kilometers, and Region III, which consists of over 2,625 square kilometers. Region I includes Ciudad de Buenos Aires, San Isidro, Vicente Lopez, San Martin and Tres de Febrero districts. Region II includes La Matanza, Moron, Hurlingham, Ituzaingo, Merlo, Marcos Paz and Gral. Las Heras districts. Region III includes Pilar, Escobar, Tigre, San Fernando, San Miguel, Malvinas Argentinas, Jose C. Paz, Moreno and Gral. Rodriguez districts.

MGE Energy Company Profile

MGE Energy, Inc. (MGE) is a public utility holding company. The Company operates through five segments: Regulated electric utility operations; Regulated gas utility operations; Nonregulated energy operations; Transmission investments, and All other. The Regulated electric utility operations segment is engaged in generating, purchasing and distributing electricity through Madison Gas and Electric Company (MGE). The Regulated gas utility operations segment is engaged in purchasing and distributing natural gas through MGE. The Nonregulated energy operations segment is engaged in owning and leasing electric generating capacity that assists MGE through MGE Energy’s subsidiaries MGE Power Elm Road, LLC and MGE Power West Campus, LLC. The Transmission investments segment represents its investment in American Transmission Company LLC and ATC Holdco, LLC. The All other segment is engaged in investing and financing in companies and property that relate to the regulated operations.

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